Kapow Software (formerly Kapow Technologies) last week launched Kapow Katalyst 8.0, which promises rapid integration and delivery of data to any application and any device without a lot of heavy API lifting.
At the heart of the Katalyst platform is the patented Kapow Extraction Browser, a browser-based data integration engine designed to support data extraction from enterprise, web and cloud applications without the need for existing application programming interfaces (APIs).
The new platform from the Palo Alto, Calif. company is equipped with features that support collaboration among different departments, business stakeholders, application developers and IT, allowing them to deploy Kapow for their most strategic enterprise data integration projects. [Disclosure: Kapow Software is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
New to Kapow Katalyst is a web-based management console that improves cross-departmental and cross-functional collaboration around strategic integration projects. Compliant with today’s enterprise IT infrastructure and security requirements, it allows Kapow Katalyst users to leverage their current IT investments. The new console also enables IT to continuously monitor the status of their organization’s entire production system across the enterprise to ensure maximum performance, governance and security.
Other features include:
- Cross-functional and roles-based data sharing, data delivery and API generation
- User role management leverages existing LDAP and Active Directory policies
- Ability to deploy on major J2EE application servers such as IBM Websphere, Oracle WebLogic and Tomcat
- One-click generation of shareable APIs in Java/.NET or SOAP/REST web services in users’ existing Java and .NET application server infrastructure
The explosion of web data in the enterprise as well as applications without APIs, including web, cloud and mobile apps, creates new challenges for data integration projects. At the same time, rapid data delivery has emerged as the top strategic priority for many businesses. Traditional integration methods take months or years to rewrite applications, receive an API from the data provider, customize published APIs, or manually cut and paste data between different sources, making it difficult to extract, transform and deliver the data where and when it’s needed.
Cost, complexity, resistance to custom code, and avoidance of massive integration projects are all driving the need for efficient data integration using open web, mobile web and data standards. That's a big reason why the number of web, cloud, and mobile applications delivered without the hassle of custom APIs are growing daily. Kapow is well positioned to help enterprises attain swift and lower-cost data integration -- and to also extend the benefits of that data and associated intelligence out to the web and mobile user.
Kapow’s “browser-based data integration” approach eliminates the need for IT to use APIs for data integration, saving time and money by avoiding manual coding costs. Kapow Katalyst automatically extracts, transforms, integrates and migrates data to and from any application and device.
The platform’s main solution areas include cloud/SaaS integration, partner integration, business process automation, mobile enablement, social media monitoring, market intelligence, automated web data extraction and open source intelligence.
Kapow Katalyst is available now. For more information, visit www.kapowsoftware.com.
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